Monument of Memmius
On February 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

On the northern side of the Square of Domitian is the Monument of C. Memmius.
This personage, commemorated in an inscription in Latin and Greek, may presumably be identified as a nephew of Sulla, the son of C. Memmius, a friend of Cicero, to whom Lucretius’s De rerum natura was probably dedicated, and who died at a young age in 50 B.C.

The general arrangement of the above-ground part, with arches on the façade, is certainly Western in taste; the sculptural decorations, in particular the reliefs adorning the attic, show traditional motifs: a toga-clad man (togatus), a “grieving warrior”, the trumpet or torch carrier, and a fourth figure at an altar.

© Photo credits by Lyn Gateley under CC-BY-2.0

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